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Taking on Sydney steps

By: Fiona Macken

Category: Events / Fundraising / Offers

  2.25 PM 25 October, 2016

Location: District 14 News

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Last Sunday, Diamond Creek Fire Brigade’s Fiona Macken travelled to Sydney to compete in the Firies Climb for MND, which sees climbers scale the 98 floors (1504 steps) of the Sydney Tower.

While only in its second year, the event has grown rapidly and is on target to raise the goal amount of $500,000. All money raised goes directly to Australia’s largest MND research facility at Macquarie University.

Fiona competed not only because of her love of stair climbs, but also as a way to raise awareness and funds for motor neurone disease research. Fiona’s mum died of MND last year, so it's particularly close to her heart. Each floor of the climb was dedicated to someone who had or has MND and was known to a climber. There was a dedication to Fiona’s mum on level 3 of the climb. Fiona also climbed with an image of her mum on her helmet.

Fiona managed the climb in 13 minutes and 19 seconds – the second-fastest woman and 10th overall out of round 400 firies. Fiona says that while she's really pleased with her climb result, she's even more pleased with the support received and the $5,500 she raised towards MND research.

“It was a very emotional day for me. There were quite a few MND sufferers there, which reminded me a lot of mum, and the energy and camaraderie on the day was overwhelming. I felt I had a lot invested in the day, as I had talked it up so much, so I was really relieved to be able to raise so much money for the research campaign.” 

Ocean Grove Fire Brigade's Adam Thompson also competed in the stair climb.

Last Updated: 23 March 2017